the proverbial balls

he was unstoppable
now he has stopped
the proverbial balls
he was juggling
his joie de vivre
all he wants to do
is leave
he needs a break
he needs a rest
someone somewhere said it best*
so we’re loading the luggage
in the back of the van
and driving as far
and as fast as
we can
van sunset.jpg


© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by forrest cavale, courtesy
this verse wasn’t here before the Daily prompt – unstoppable

*What is without periods of rest will not endure.
– Ovid
*How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we humans know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within if only we would listen to it, that tells us certainly when to go forth into the unknown. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

*If you are brave enough to say goodbye life will reward you with a new hello.
Paulo Coelho


a kangaroo won the lottery

a kangaroo won the lottery,
the family was joyous
she paid off debts, which were mostly vets,
and decided to go on a voyage
she packed up the kid and sealed up her pouch
left the spouse asleep on the old filthy couch
a kangaroo was excited to see
a ship so grand at the pier
and eager to prove she was now on the move
and addressing her sea-going fears
she hopped on board,
got her luggage all stored,
went out to see the horizon
and see it she did, both her and her kid
and they both thought it mainly surprisin’
they skipped along, exploring the ship,
but the deck was wet
and down she slipped
the captain came by, a very sweet man
gave her joey a smile,
gave his momma a hand
“it’s just the rocking,” she said, “I can’t stand”
“but we haven’t started to rock yet”
she felt it, she swore,
but he told her once more
they hadn’t left the dock yet
so back in the pouch with the little guy
in one big leap they’re over the side
she’ll get no refund but she doesn’t care
she’s decided to travel by air.
kangaroo jesus
© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by shouplade, courtesy
this verse came about because of the Daily prompt – voyage
and it’s playing with the Daily prompt – filthy – while i work on something new

sleep was on the schedule

sleep was on the schedule
it’s what we didn’t get
we saw the statues
heard the music
ate the franks and yet
our whirlwind tour
has left us blank
like pages in a binder
in fact we had another friend…

…but nobody can find her

(c) 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – tourist
Daily prompt – heard

Orbital Plane – for Leighann

she wanders
she wonders
she wishes

leighannshe roams

she mentions
in postcards
sent home

unmoored and

a pulse
in the vein

our explorer

her orbital plane


© 2015 kStan(ly) Lanning
Daily prompt – journey
joining the adventure with the Daily prompt – discover
and the Daily prompt – unmoored